Michael Slade, a longtime friend of SiWC, is a criminal lawyer and the author of 14 dark mystery thrillers, from HEADHUNTER (1984) to RED SNOW (2010). He has acted for both the defence and the prosecution in more than 100 murder cases, and argued the last death penalty case in the Supreme Court of Canada. He has been the subject of three documentaries by the CBC, including "Gzowski's People" and "The Fifth Estate." The Mounties invited Slade to their Red Serge Ball. He was guest speaker at three RCMP Regimental Dinners; the Canadian Librarians Convention; the Vancouver Magistrates Dinner; the Romance Writers of America's Convention; the Canadian Booksellers Convention.
In the 'Morgue' at the Slade Website -http://www.specialx.net/specialxdotnet/morgue.html - he performs an autopsy on each of his novels to show how he plots. In researching those plots, he's climbed to the top of the Great Pyramid of Cheops, almost lost his life on safari in Zimbabwe and Botswana, and descended into the secret cannibal cave of the Cook Islands.